How to Contribute

How to Contribute

We want to hear your stories and share your news – here’s how to write a press release

So many individual people and community groups are doing so many wonderful things all along the Fylde Coast.

We are a small family team, and we are quite limited for time, so unfortunately we won’t be able to come along to your meetings and events ourselves. There are so many things going on and so many groups it would just be impossible for us to be everywhere all the time. Please don’t take it personally!

However, we REALLY want to know your news, so we’ll give you a bit of a hand in making sure that you give us all the information we need. It’s not difficult to produce a news story – you just need a bit of guidance!


Free Coverage

We will publish news and stories about individuals and community* groups who are doing great things, FREE of charge. 

We will look forward to sharing your photos too, for which a full photo credit will be given. Sorry professional photographers but we are not able to pay a fee to use your shots. 

If you submit a photo you should:

– Supply your name and the location of the photo
– Make sure that people in the image have given permission to be photographed
– Always get consent when taking photos of children
– Remember that obscene or inappropriate images aren’t acceptable
– We may use your photos across any of the Visit Fylde Coast channels now or in the future, but we will credit you each time we do


Paid Coverage/Advertise

The Rabbit Patch Ltd is the publisher/owner of Visit Fylde Coast.

We are a private business and the product is independently published. Our earnings come from advertising revenue, therefore we are unable to publish business information free of charge.

We have an excellent value advertising package which you are welcome to take advantage of.


Tell Your Story:

You can type into the body of your email, or send a Word file – either is fine. You don’t need to do anything weird and wonderful, just tell a logical story in a clear and straightforward way. We can edit it and add things if you’ve underplayed it – or edit it down if you’ve said too much!

Ideally you need to include WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY. If you cover all those questions, you’ll have all the details for your story.

If you’re covering an event, the venue, dates and times are the obvious things to include.

If you aren’t very good at writing, that’s not a problem. At a minimum send a list of the main points and we’ll string it into exciting sentences for you and correct any spelling mistakes. It’s not an English exam – the news is important not your grasp of grammar!

If you struggle with using a computer, email, sending photos and such like, then ask and we’ll give you advice.

In the course of publishing these websites we’ve taught loads of people how to do many basic IT things – attach files to emails, use Facebook and suchlike. It’s all part of the fun!


Your photos:

If you’ve got a half decent camera phone or digital camera, you’ll be able to take a photo that’s suitable for a website.

Website photos need to be a smaller file size anyway. But beware – if you do decide to print your photo a small file may look blurred.

Things to watch out for:

– Make sure that everyone in the photo is looking at you.

– Make sure that the frame is filled with the people you are taking so that they are big and clear when published.

– Take a few frames so that you have a few to pick from in case they’re blurred, or someone is pulling a face or looking the other way!

– If it’s a photo about something to do with people, then get people in the shot

– If you’re outside and it’s windy, try to balance your camera/phone on something to steady it.

Just send your photos to us as the file (jpeg) that comes from your phone or camera. You don’t need to do anything to them – if they need cropping or resizing we can do that for you.


Where to send your news and stories:

Please email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk

Photographer

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